“Scam Likely” Series: Debt Collection Scam Vol. 1 No. 1

Vol. 1. No. 1 “Scam Likely” Series. Debt Collector Scams are on the rise amongst many other types of scamming methods. In this article, consumers are provided with tools to combat and prevent being victims of Debt Collection Scammers as well as how to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and the State’s Attorney General.

Debt Collection Scams

There are a number of digital scams by phone, text and even e-mail. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning consumers of these ongoing scams through their website and the media. Our Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller just recently released a statement advising citizens to be aware of various scams and to not fall victim to them. Scammers are now using a variety of methods including debt collection, fake government officials, identity theft, phishing and pharming, fake prizes, gifts, sweepstakes, lottery scams and even buying online through Craigslist and the Facebook Marketplace.

Debt collection scams: This kind of scam is where consumers are receiving calls from threatening and harassing collectors who repeatedly attempt to collect a debt. Many consumer complaints that fall under this section are involving matters of credit and/or debit card fees, cash advances, credit repair companies and even alleging there has been unauthorized debit and credit card to use on your accounts.

How does the debt collection scam work?

Well, this scam is a straight shooter. The scammers call consumers posing as real collection agencies. Usually they have already accessed at least some of your personal information through a grand scheme of sorts with identity theft or even as far as obtaining your credit report.

How can scammers get your credit report? The NOLO Legal Online Encyclopedia says one way is, Job applicant credit reports. Which in reality, is kind of another scam in itself online. Generally, a scammer will pose as an employer or a potential employer Requesting to obtain our review your credit report as a part of the hiring process. From there the “employer” (fake) employer now proceeds to request that you use A very specific “free” credit report service through what is usually a website that appears legitimate and of course ends up costing you money. Then from that, the scammer can collect all of your personal information, steal your identity and also have your credit report.

The catch to debt collection scammers is, they will even use debts that you actually owe such as student loans, or even a credit card debt making the demand to pay immediately highly believable since it is something you identify with.

A few things to recognize to identify if you’re dealing with a debt collection scam:

  • They ask you to pay right away. Be suspicious when a debt collector who suddenly seems to want to use an unusual amount of pressure, maybe even threats and other tactics to implement fear to get you to pay “today” and right away.
  •  They may be threatening to hit you with a lawsuit, or all of your wages will be garnished, property seized, arrest you, deportation, telling your employer, and even threaten public shaming. Credit Karma says those are signs that you are dealing with a debt collections scam.
  • Will ask you to pay via wire transfer, such as Western Union or Money Gram. No legitimate debt collectors will ask you to do this. Do NOT sent money by wire!
  • The debt collector is seeking a payment on a debt for a loan that you do not recognize.
  • They call claims to be from the IRS and use an automated recording to tell you to call another number than what shows on your caller ID in order to settle your debt “immediately” to avoid penalty.
  • The person on the call refuses to give you a mailing address or a phone number.
  •  The caller asks you personal financial or sensitive information such as to verify your Social Security number, birthday, as well as your address. In some calls they may even mention things like names of relatives, don’t fall for it. These things are easily accessible online through public databases such as WhitePages. A legitimate debt collector would already know all the details.
  • The caller may or may not use profanity. If the caller does use profanity, that is most likely a fake call. No matter how aggressive legitimate collectors may be, the FDCPA limits what debt collectors can do when they contact debtors.
  • They call you before 8 a.m. and/or after 9 p.m.

What to do if you suspect a call is from a fake debt collector?

  • Ask the “debt collector for his or her first and last name, what company they are calling from, a street address (with city and state) for that company, and a telephone number with an extension if applicable to call them back directly.
  • Consumers should tell the caller that you refuse to further discuss and debt until receiving a valid written notice. The FTC says these written notices MUST include the exact amount of debt, the name of the creditor you are in debt to, and a statement of your rights under the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
  • If the person on the line refuses to give you ALL of the aforementioned information, HANG UP! Do NOT pay them any money at all. Paying a fraudulent debt collector will only cost you more money, you’ll still owe the debt and the scammer will likely attempt another scam on you because you were a success.
  • Stop talking to the caller! If able to obtain the caller’s address, the FTC says write a letter demanding the caller stop contacting you, make a copy and keep it in your personal files. Doing this, by law, legitimate debt collectors must stop calling you once you ask them to in writing.

*The NCAG Josh Stein says this letter will not erase the debt and the legitimate creditors can still take legal action against you for the debt owed.

  • Do not give the caller any personal, sensitive or financial information. NEVER give nor confirm any personal information such as date of birth, social security number, bank account information, credit/debit card numbers, unless you are 100% certain who you are dealing with. “When in doubt, count it out.” Giving personally identifiable information puts consumers at risk of becoming victims of charges to credit cards, opening new card accounts, checking/savings accounts, writing “bad checks” even electronically, or taking out loans in your name.
  • Contact your creditor. Call the original creditor that the agency says they are calling on behalf of, if it is truly an attempt on behalf of the company you owe, they can verify. If it is not, you can make them aware of the call and details.
  • File a complaint report with the FTC and the state Attorney General’s office as well. A lot of states have individual sets of laws in addition to federal laws. Your states Attorney General’s office can assist in providing information on your rights per your states laws.

NC Residents can contact the NC Attorney General, Josh Steins Office toll-free at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM (1-877-566-7226) or online here.

Know your rights and know the boundaries of debt collectors by familiarizing with the FDCPA

A video from the FTC on debt collection scams:

If you feel you may have been a victim of identity theft, here are more information and options through the FTC.

To track scams through complaints with the Better Business Bureau’s tracker in your area, you can do so online here.

To file a formal complaint with the FTC, you can call the FTC’s Consumer Response Center at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or online here.

Identity sought in a card fraud investigation

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release Friday afternoon asking for the public’s help identifying an individual wanted for questioning in a stolen credit card case.

On June 8, 3019 deputies received a report that an individual had been the victim of credit card fraud.

Surveillance footage at a local restaurant shows a black female using the credit card.

If you know the identity of the female pictured, please contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Simma at 910-989-4058; kenneth_simma@onslowcountync.gov, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019008543 when calling.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

Man arrested on allegations of fraudulent business practice for incomplete hurricane repairs

On May 8, 2019 Onslow County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from a citizen reporting that he had hired Matthew Dean Williams to do repair work on his residence after Hurricane Florence, but the work never was done.

The General Crimes Unit of the Sheriff’s Office investigated the incident and determined that Williams had committed the same acts on previous occasions and had other pending charges of the same type of case.

In this case the investigation revealed Williams, 58-years-old agreed to repair the victim’s residence on Graytown Road and only partially completed the work. Williams was arrested May 14, 2019 and charged with Obtaining Property by False Pretenses. Magistrates placed Williams under a $3,500 secured bond.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Curlee at 910-989-4074, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019006863 when calling.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

Telephone scams are on the rise in Onslow County

Onslow County Sheriffs Office issued a press release this morning warning citizens to be aware of an increase in reports of telephone scams.

During the last week of April 2019, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office has again received reports about a telephone SCAM that some Onslow County citizens have received. Sheriff Miller and his staff want to ensure that all citizens know about these SCAMs & ask citizens to “pass the word” to others. Be aware.

The incoming call could come from a different area code or even a local number that citizens don’t recognize. Many times, that number is “spoofed” and not in service. Sometimes, the incoming caller has a foreign accent, but not always. The caller may allege that the answering party owes the government a certain amount of money and that an arrest warrant will be issued unless the answering person pays that amount. Then, the caller will “offer” to collect the money by a telephonic credit card transaction and give a different telephone number for the answering party to call back.

(Previous SCAMs have asked the answering party to purchase a gift card from a local vendor and pass the card number to the caller.)

Our national, state or local governments do NOT collect back taxes by calling citizens and asking for credit card numbers or gift cards by phone. If taxes are properly owed, notifications will be made by United States Mail.

Other SCAMS for citizens to be aware of:

  • A “Jury SCAM.” A false allegation that a citizen did not report for jury duty. (Call the court house jury coordinator directly for verification).
  • A relative in police custody needing bail money, or in a medical facility needing money. (Known as a “Sympathy SCAM”).
  • A “Sweepstakes or Contest or Lottery Win” SCAM. Asking for a “handling fee.” Fraud.
  • A “Data Mining SCAM” where an unknown or unverified party asks for personal or bank account information. “Phishing.”
  • A “Debt Consolidation Loan” offer that’s too good to be true. No free money.

Please protect yourself, your family, your property and even your friends & neighbors. Please be careful to VERIFY before you trust

NO GOVERNMENT AGENCY WILL ASK ANYONE TO PAY BY TELEPHONE USING A GIFT CARD OR PREPAID DEBIT CARD!

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

OCSO seeks help identifying woman in two counterfeit bill cases

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help identifying a female wanted for questioning in two separate counterfeit bill cases.

On March 5, 2019, a black female made a small purchase at the Family Dollar Store on Burgaw Hwy and handed the cashier a hundred-dollar bill. Then on March 6, 2019 the same female made a small purchase at Top Dogs Pizza on Richlands Hwy and also paid with a hundred-dollar bill. When both businesses tried making deposits, the banks informed them that the bills were counterfeit.

The female in both incidences is described as a light-skinned black female, approximately 5’6”, 140 lbs. Her hair is dyed light brown to red and was worn slicked back in an afro. In one case, she wore a black leather jacket with “P Raw” over the left front pocket. The P turned into a lightning bolt and the A appeared to have a star over it. In the other case, she wore a navy-blue windbreaker with blue jeans and pink flip flops. Both incidences occurred between 6:00 – 6:30pm.

If you know the identity of the female in the photos, please contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Sergeant Lincoln at 910-989-4064, jonathan_lincoln@onslowcountync.gov, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019003345 or 2019003509 when calling.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

NC 9th Congressional operator accused as ballot fraud ringleader- Leslie Dowless Jr. arrested

NC’s 9th Congressional District operative has been charged with obstruction of justice and illegal ballot possession related to the 2016 and 2018 elections.
Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr. was indicted by a grand jury and arrested, following evidence gathered and presented from during the investigation in light of the irregularities of absentee ballots in Bladen County in the 2016 general election and the 2018 primary election. Dowless is accused of being the ringleader of this illegal ballot harvesting operation.

WAKE CO.,NC-

NC’s 9th Congressional District operative has been charged with obstruction of justice and illegal ballot possession related to the 2016 and 2018 elections.

Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr. was indicted by a grand jury and arrested, following evidence gathered and presented from during the investigation in light of the irregularities of absentee ballots in Bladen County in the 2016 general election and the 2018 primary election. Dowless is accused of being the ringleader of this illegal ballot harvesting operation.

Dowless was a key player, a political-operative hired by the Rev. Mark Harris, a Republican, to help get out the vote in his 2018 congressional run. Unofficially, Harris won by 905 votes on the Nov. 6 election over Democrat opponent Dan McCready. The State Board of Elections, however, refused to certify the race because of the widespread election irregularaties.

After the board of elections ordered a new election, the Reverand (Harris) unfortunately became ill and withdrew from the race and pending surgery.

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The indictment reads in section II that “The jurors for the State upon their oath present that on or between March 21, 2018, through May 8, 2018, in Wake County the defendant named above unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did conspire with others, including but not limited to, Rebecca Thompson and Kelly N. Hendrix, with deceit and intent to defraud, to obstruct public and legal justice by submitting or causing to be submitted by mail absentee ballots and container return envelopes for those ballots to the Bladen County Board of Elections in such a manner so as to make it appear that those ballots had been voted and executed in compliance with the provisions of Article 21 of the North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 163A pertaining to absentee ballots when they, in fact, had not been so executed….”

This arrest follows a refusal to testify last week at a State Board of Elections evidentiary hearing into widespread election fraud last year in the 9th District.

Also indicted were Dowless associates Tonia Marie Gordon, Caitlyn Croom, and Matthew Monroe Mathis, aforementioned Rebecca Thompson. Kelly Hendrix was named as an unindicted co-conspirator.

Reportedly, Dowless directed subordinates to commit crimes and give false statements to investigators. The Co-Conspirators also committed a number of criminal acts.

Dowless is being held in the Wake County Detention Center on $30,000 secured bond. The cases were placed on the Wake County Superior Court calendar for March 25.

Dowless is charged with three counts of felony obstruction of justice, two counts of conspiracy to commit felony obstruction of justice, and two counts of possession of an absentee ballot stemming from the 2016 and 2018 elections.

Read the indictment STATE OF NC VS LESLIE MCCRAE DOWLESS

 

Fraud suspects sought by JPD for numerous accounts across the city and county

(02/25/19)- The Jacksonville Police Department is asking for your help in identifying the men in the attached photographs. There are four photos. They are wanted in the questioning of numerous frauds reported in the City and County.

They were last seen driving an Infinity Q60 two door coupe type vehicle.

If you know the identity of these subjects please contact JPD Detective Jason Lagana at 910-938-6414 or jlagana@jacksonvillenc.gov or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273.

Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information determined to be of value to law enforcement. Callers to Crime Stoppers are not required to reveal their identities. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES) Please refer to Case 19-1502 when calling or texting about these photos.

Felony Vehicle Break-in and Fraud Suspect Sought

 The Jacksonville Police Department is asking for your help to identify the man in the attached photographs.  He is a person of interest in a felony vehicle break-in that occurred at CVS located at 400 Western Blvd on Feb. 13, 2018. The suspect stole the victim’s purse, and then fraudulently used the victim’s credit card throughout the city.  There are six photos.

The male is described as a white male in his 20s, with brown hair and beard. He was wearing black shoes, brown pants, and a black t-shirt with a colorful design on the front at the time of the offenses. He drives a white Saturn Ion with tinted windows (pictured below).

If you know the identity of this subject please contact JPD Detective E. Giusti at 910-938-6420 or egiusti@jacksonvillenc.gov or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. 

Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information determined to be of value to law enforcement.  Callers to Crime Stoppers are not required to reveal their identities. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES) Please refer to Case 19-01400 when calling or texting about these photos.

Hampstead woman arrested on fraud charges using PayPal

On December 14, 2018, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office uniformed patrol deputies responded to a residence on Tar Landing Road in Holly Ridge for a report of fraud. The victim indicated someone had accessed his PayPal account and transferred money to their own account.

The victim provided information that led investigators to issue a search warrant for PayPal records. Information received back from PayPal revealed that Melody Croom Hudson had received money fraudulently from the victim’s account.

Hudson, 32 years of age of Sloop Point Road in Hampstead, was arrested February 7, 2019. She was taken before a magistrate and charged with Obtaining Property by False Pretense, a felony. Hudson was transported to the Onslow County Detention Center under a $5,000 unsecured bond.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Hipple at 910-989-40401, matthew_hipple@onslowcountync.gov, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2018019924 when calling.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

Selma man arrested in Onslow for hurricane repair fraud in Sneads Ferry

A man has been arrested for defrauding a homeowner for hurricane-related repairs that were not performed.

On January 18, 2019 Onslow County Sheriff’s Office uniformed patrol deputies responded to a residence on Capps Street in Sneads Ferry for a report that a man hired to do work after Hurricane Florence never completed any of the repairs. The victim gave the suspect money to purchase materials for the work. The suspect, Kenneth Lee Forbes, never delivered any materials, made no repairs on the home and did not return the money to the victim.

Forbes, 58-years-old of Hwy 70 East in Selma, was arrested February 8, 2019. Forbes was taken before the magistrate and charged with a felony charge of obtaining property by false pretense. He was transported to the Onslow County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond.

Sheriff Miller and staff want to remind citizens to use caution when hiring someone to do work for you. There are a few things you can do to protect yourself:

  • Always get the proposal in writing
  • Never pay more than one-third of the cost of a job up-front
  • Resist any attempt to force you to make a decision on the spot
  • Do NOT pay in cash
  • Go local. Use a contractor or reputable company within your community. Make sure they are in compliance with local and state regulations for contractors, such as having general liability and worker’s compensation insurance
  • ∙Ask for references

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Curlee at 910-989-4074; michael_curlee@onslowcountync.gov, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019000933 when calling.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

Arrest made in hoax case of missing mother and infant in Laurinburg NC

LAURINBURG, NC-

On Friday, February 1, 2019,

The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office arrested Danilla Mitzia “Missy” Bethea, on 10 counts of Felony Obtaining Property by False Pretenses and 1 count of Felony False Reports to a Law Enforcement Agency Pertaining to a Missing Child. Bethea is 30, and resides off of East Side Drive, Rockingham, NC.

Scotland Co Sheriff Office

On Thursday, January 31, 2019, the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Unit received a report from two female parties, mother and daughter, who believed there was a female infant child, born to a female named April Morrison. The reports initially indicated that Morrison was being held against her will and provided information that led investigators to suspect may be victims of human trafficking or prostitution. The report initially suggested that the infant child was sold for monetary value or in exchange for elicit narcotics either by Morrisons consent or by force.

During the investigation, investigators interviewed Bethea on January 31, 2019 and again this day, February 1, 2019. Bethea stated Morrison was safe, and that her baby was in the care of unknown third parties and was also safe. Investigators identified inconsistencies that gave concern to the safety of this infant child, and the legitimacy of the care or caretakers who allegedly would possess the child. Investigators believed the child was in danger, and was possibly sold or exchanged to parties engaged in elicit prostitution or human trafficking.

Upon further investigation, investigators determined that the statements provided by Bethea were allegedly false. April Morrison was a fictional character and there was no infant child named Lee Ann Morrison. These false statements were allegedly made and provided for the purposes of allegedly receiving money, from the reporting party, who believed she was supporting an infant child in need, and one whom she believed she would gain custody or guardianship over. The image of the infant child provided was an image obtained allegedly through social media.

The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office takes every single report of a missing person and/ or child seriously. The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office is trained and ready to respond to, and act swiftly and thoroughly in all reports of any person who may be suspected of being victim to human trafficking or, sexual servitude. The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office believes that in any report of a missing person and, especially any missing juvenile or infant child regardless of the nature of how they came to be missing, is extremely important and a matter that must be addressed immediately and as expediently as possible. This includes information sharing, local, state and federal resources, and information sharing with all available media outlets. This ensures maximizing the potential that a missing person, and especially a child, could be found safely by law enforcement and search and rescue personnel.

The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office extends a sincere and deep gratitude to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Rockingham Police Department, Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Fayetteville Police Department, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office would also like to thank the media outlets and reporters who worked hard, and were patient and enduring in their efforts to collect information and provide it to the public as quickly as possible. Your dedication is important in sharing vital information especially in this case.

Bethea has received a $100,000 secured bond. Bethea is being held at the Scotland County Detention Facility.

HRPD seeks publics help identifying a woman for stolen check and other items

(HRPD) HOLLY RIDGE, NC- On Wednesday, 01/23/2019. At approximately 2:05pm. The white female in the attached photo pulled up to the drive thru at the State Employees’ Credit Union, 135 Davenport Farm Road, Winterville, NC 28590, to cash a check. The female presented a stolen, forged check, stolen SECU Debit Card and a stolen social security card. The stolen check was from a motor vehicle B&E in Holly Ridge NC, that occurred on Wednesday, 01/16/2019, and the stolen bank card and social security card are from a vehicle B&E in Jacksonville NC on Friday, 01/18/2019.

The white female appeared to be in her 40’s and driving a dark in color Dodge SUV. The female drove off from the teller window after she was told to come inside and verify her security questions. The female left behind the stolen check, bank debit card and social security card. This is a joint investigations with multiple agencies. If you can identify the female, contact Detective Faircloth at 910-329-4076 or lfaircloth@hollyridgepd.net and refer to case number 19-0162.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

Four men WANTED for card theft and fraudulent

NEWS RELEASE

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help identifying three men who may have information regarding stolen credit cards in Jacksonville and Onslow County.

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office has received several reports of vehicle break-ins where the victims had credit cards stolen. In each case, the stolen cards were used to purchase items at various businesses along Western Blvd., New Bern Highway and businesses in Pollocksville and New Bern.

Investigators need help identifying three black males who were captured on video surveillance using the stolen cards. The only description we have currently is that two of the men were wearing dark blue hats, light blue button-up shirts and white sneakers. One male was wearing a Rasta cap, similar to the one pictured below. The men are believed to be driving a late-model 4-door Honda Accord, or similar compact car, also pictured below.

If anyone knows the identity of any of the men pictured, please contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Simma at 910-989-4058, Detective Hipple at 910-989-4040, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019000174 or 2019000186 when calling.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

See previous story here.

JPD seeks the publics help identifying a fraud suspect

Fraud Suspect Sought (Posted 01 11 19) – The Jacksonville Police Department is asking for your help in identifying the male in the attached photographs. He is a person of interest in reference to a fraud that occurred at Walgreens Pharmacy located at 1410 Gum Branch Rd. on January 04, 2019. There are two photos.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 30 to 40 years old. The man was wearing a blue button up shirt with glasses. He was also wearing a large black hat with red, green and yellow stripes.

If you know the identity of this subject please contact JPD Detective Jason Griess at 910-938-6413 or jgriess@jacksonvillenc.gov or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273.

Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information determined to be of value to law enforcement. Callers to Crime Stoppers are not required to reveal their identities. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES) Please refer to Case 19-00132 when calling or texting about these photos.

Man wanted for passing counterfeit bills in Richlands

NEWS RELEASE

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office and Richlands Police Department are asking for the public’s help identifying a male wanted for passing counterfeit bills.

On December 6, 2018 at approximately 2:00 pm, deputies responded to Walmart in Richlands for a report of counterfeit money being passed. Investigation shows that the suspect also passed counterfeit hundred-dollar bills at the Family Dollar and Dollar General inside the city limits of Richlands.

The suspect is described as a black male estimated to be in his late 20s to early 30s, approximately 5’11 to 6’1 in height, with weight estimated to be 180-190 lbs. He appears to have a short beard and was wearing dark pants, a dark colored hoodie and black sneakers at the time. He was seen driving a silver hatchback vehicle, possibly a Hyundai, unknown tag.

Anyone with information about this incident or who can identify the man shown, please contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Gibbs at 910-989-4059, michael_gibbs@onslowcountync.gov,

or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2018019585 when calling. You may also contact Officer Tollefsrud at Richlands Police Department at 910-324-5777.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.